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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas IE SUNDAY AUGUST 2005 rrERALDZEITUNG LIFE COMMON GOAL Local family writes mission statement focusing on family Page 1C SPORTS CANYON SPLITS The Canyon volleyball team splits its final two games in the Page 1B Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 229 28 5 sections CLICK i Parti Cloudy High ly dy Low DEARABBY M CLASSIFIEDS 10 COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 40 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 1A SPORTS II TV GRIDS Limmers colleagues surprised Lynn Limmer By Ron Maloney Staff Writer One day after District Attorney Dib Waldrip named former City Councilwoman Lynn Limmer the sole suspect in a bank embezzle ment colleagues expressed shock at the New Braunfels City Council mem bers who commented Saturday cau tioned against a rush to judgment against saying it would be best to await the outcome of the legal Mayor Bruce Boyer returned a call Saturday from I was shocked and dismayed that this has come Boyer Of in our sys youre innocent until proven and I think this investigation will have to play out before anyone knows for sure what has taken Our thoughts and prayers will be with the Limmer family as they struggle with this personal but the business of the city and city council will go who this past month resigned her post as manager of the New Braunfels branch of the Seguinbased First Commercial quit her position as District 6 City Councilwoman a week citing family health First Commercial Bank President Mark Long told the HeraldZeitung Thursday that money was missing from less than 10 Long said the bank had met with the account holders and had returned the missing Long and other bank representa tives met with Waldrip Friday and after the meeting the district attor ney reported that Limmer was the See Page 3A Mayor Boyer Bruce A TAXING DILEMMA Rates may be but tax bills continue to climb By Leigh Jones and Ron Maloney Staff Writers In recent New Braun fels city council members and Comal County commission ers have repeatedly talked about keeping tax rates But you would have a hard time convincing Fprres and Clarine Folmar trie elect ed officials should be a local business LEARN MORE To see how property values have increased in New Braunfels and Comal To look at tax rates since see Page How much money could New Comal County and the school districts raise Find out on Page 8A received an unwel come shock when he opened his Comal Appraisal District tax notice earlier this sum While not all of his seven commercial buildings in creased in one of them jumped 36 The buildings value went but the prices we can charge for rent did he The ceiling on rent is fixed by and right thats about per square Even if Forres wanted to raise he could not contracts with tenants lock him in to a set rate for at least three Since I cant recoup it right the additional tax mon ey would come right out of our he Forres took his complaints to the Comal Appraisal Dis trict appeal board and found sympathetic The board appreciated his rent dilemma and agreed to lower the buildings valuation making the tax bill much more Although Forres story had a happy his experi ence with rising property val ues has been repeated in thousands of businesses and homes throughout Comal County for at least the last 13 Folmar has lived in her home in the Northridge Sub division off Walnut Avenue since it was Since her husband and son passed leaving her alone to pay the Almost every that task got harder when the property tax bill Since the assessed value of her house has jumped close to We bought the house and paid for it when we moved in she The taxes have gone up because of valua but Im not Thanks to voters in New Braunfels who approved the senior tax Folmar will not face increased bills in the But she is in the Tax rate effective tax rate A neighbor in Northridge also lamented the increasing but shrugged it say ing there was nothing he 1993 Appraised Value City County NBISD Tax bills on the rise Tax Bill Difference 2004 Appraised Value City County NBISD Photo by MANDY illustration by MARK an illustration revealing how property taxes have gone up at a home in the Northridge Don Forres stands in the yard of a commercial property that saw a 36 percent increase in assessed valu ation this could do about Values have risen an aver age of 9 percent per year since making each years tax notice more difficult to accept than the In most homes in the Northridge Subdivision were appraised near With that property tax bills with no exemptions would have averaged around most properties in the subdivision are valued between and See Page 6A DAVID NBISD to consider pay raises By Ron Maloney StaffWriter New Braunfels Independent School District trustees will consider 4 percent pay raises for all district employees at their meeting Monday after The NBISD board meets at in the board room located on the second floor of the Education Center located at 430 If the raises would cost of which has already been included the districts Also on the table Monday night wili be a per month payment for the year to employees to offset rising costs for health insurance cov Executive Director for Busi ness and Support Services Sandy Hill said the raises would mean a starting teacher at the NBISD would see a salary of this up from The raise and the payments to cover rising insurance costs would result in a total 200506 budget amendment of about Hill NBISD Superintendent of Schools Ron Reaves said the raises were being sought to try to bring district staff toward pay parity with those at other Even after giving 4 percent were lagging behind our regional one of which is Comal Indepen dent School Reaves Were trying to provide salaries that are comparable so we dont start losing Teachers go back to school to prepare for students DAVID Firstyear teacher Edwin Glosson gave up his job as a pharmaceutical sales representative to become a teacher and coach at Spring Branch Middle By Melissa Johnson and Leigh Jones Staff writers Firstyear teacher Edwin Glosson diligently took notes Friday during the Comal Inde pendent School District new teacher With his head bent over a notebook and his pen moving rapidly across the he looked like a student but Glosson is preparing to be a role model for impressionable He already has a good Glosson recently gave up his career as a pharmaceutical sales representative to become a teacher and I feel like its my he Im looking forward to making a difference in childrens who lives in the Spring Branch area and will be teaching Texas histoiy at Spring Branch Middle said he chose CISD because it was close to My wife and I just bought a so well live in the same community our kids come he Thats impor Although he will be standing in front of a classroom for the first time on his own in a Glosson said he was not nerv Neither is fellow firstyear teacher Carrie who will be teaching family and con sumer sciences at Smithson Val ley High Im she said with a big Its a bit overwhelming going to all these See Page 3A WELCOME ABOARD Comal ISD welcomed 128 new teachers during orientation The number was about aver age for the In a normal 125 new teachers are m Neighboring New Braunfels which is experiencing an approxi mately 10percent turnover rate per will hire 96 new professional employ ees by the start of the 200506 school tythree of the positions are new and were created to reinstate positions that were cut back last
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